In April 2015, the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) launched a human rights complaints mechanism through which anybody can report human rights violations in the context of a Global Fund-supported program. However, in over three years, not a single complaint has been received via the mechanism. A year after the mechanism went live, the Fund began wondering why.
Aidspan staff 24 April 2018
Among the grants approved by the Board recently was a multi-country TB grant for the Southern African Regional TB in the Mining Sector (TIMS) Program. In this article, we report on the comments from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC) on the funding request from which this grant emanated.
Among the grants approved by the Board recently were four TB grants and one TB/HIV grant to India. In this article, we report on the comments from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC) on the funding request from which these grants emanated.
When it reviewed India’s HIV funding request in 2017, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) commended the Government of India for its ambitious plan to fast track the end of the HIV epidemic. At the same time, however, the TRP raised concerns about what it viewed as the request’s failure to include a focus on human rights and gender.
TRP focuses on gaps in services for key populations in its review of Ethiopia's TB/HIV funding request to the Global Fund
When the Technical Review Panel (TRP) assessed Ethiopia’s TB/HIV funding request last Fall, it considered the request to be technically sound, but expressed concerns related to coverage of key populations.
Steady progress on human rights and gender activities in the Global Fund’s Strategy, but there have been delays
Generally speaking, work to implement the third objective of the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022 – to promote and protect human rights and gender equality – is making steady progress, although the majority of the sub-objectives have experienced what the Global Fund calls “minor issues and delays.” These issues can be attributed in part to a lack of resources and insufficient internal capacity on human rights issues.
Philippines’ HIV funding request to the Global Fund contains a good mix of prevention and treatment: TRP
The Philippines’ HIV funding request was strategically focused with appropriately targeted investments towards HIV prevention programs for key populations, and access to testing and treatment services. This was the conclusion of the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC) when they reviewed the request.
In Tanzania, 13 people attending a meeting are arrested for allegedly promoting homosexuality; operations of a Global Fund SR are suspended
Editor’s note: This is a “late breaking story,” as they say. There will likely have been more developments by the time you read this.
Zimbabwe’s new Global Fund grants for TB/HIV are clearly aligned to the country’s epi profile and its national strategic plans, TRP says
In their recommendation to the Board on Zimbabwe’s TB/HIV funding request, the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Grants Approvals Committee (GAC) commented favorably on Zimbabwe’s inclusion of interventions to address barriers related to human rights and gender, and its focus on key populations for HIV, TB and STI care and treatment.